Baby Goose in the Pond Block

The name of this block is really Far West but I saw a version of it online recently and was struck by the notion that it looks like a greatly simplified Goose in the Pond block.

Take a look at this Goose in the Pond block I drew in the EQ7 software program and tell me what you think:

Better yet, take a look at the two blocks side by side:

See what I mean?

Far West is a variation of the traditional Shoo Fly block. It can be made as an equal nine-patch but I think it’s much more interesting the way I made it, as an “unequal nine-patch with a small center square,” a category in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

My block — maybe I should call it Gosling in the Pond? — will finish at 12″ square and be added to the sampler quilt started a few months ago as an optional Block of the Month project offered by Montavilla Sewing Center in Lake Oswego. I’m departing from the original quilt design by substituting some blocks of my own choosing. I have no idea how the quilt will ultimately turn out — but that’s part of the fun of it, right?

Here’s my Gosling in the Pond block with the most recent companion blocks:

My plan is to make several more of those “Atomic Star” blocks you see in the middle. They finish at 6″ square and will fill in the spaces nicely when it’s time to start playing with the final arrangement of the 12″ and 18″ blocks. But I’m really getting ahead of myself here. Several more blocks need to be made before I get to that point.

I haven’t been motivated to spend much time in my sewing room lately. It’s just “Too Darn Hot,” as the Cole Porter song goes. Yesterday I managed to produce that one block while dressed in my shortie pajamas with a wet towel draped around my neck. Portland is in the midst of its second major heat wave of the summer, with temperatures hitting triple digits again.

Coco has decided the coolest spot in the house is on the tiles in the master bath shower:

She’s just chilling out here but that’s a typical sleeping pose for her.




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6 Responses to Baby Goose in the Pond Block

  1. Denise Howard says:

    I believe the EQ7 block has a half square triangle in the wrong position …2nd row, far right

  2. Pam says:

    The blocks are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the new designs you create for this project. Thank you for the inspiration. Coco is adorable!

  3. Diane says:

    Ooh, the color palette in this new quilt is scrumptious!

    Poor Coco! Imagine wearing a fur suit (head to toe) in a heat wave with no air conditioning. 🙁

  4. Vickie Rooks says:

    Ah, the gosling is adorable! Happy creating!

  5. Kristi says:

    I love your blue and green color scheme. This quilt will be so pretty when finished (as all of your quilts)! Coco is such a beautiful kitty. And smart too!

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